Pacquiao vs. Marquezz III - live update
Sun, 13 Nov 2011 2:39p.m.
3News/Sport brings you the third and final bout between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
After two losses to Pacquiao in 2004 and 2008, Maquez will be keen to lay the demons of those losses to rest.
For Pacquiao, he will want to return to the Philippines having finished Marquez for good.
Join us as we bring you blow-by-blow video updates of the fight. We’ll let you know when things have been updated with a VIDEO UP tag.
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Manny Pacquiao acts as though it's personal, then claims it's not. Just another night in the ring, another notch on his belt and another $25 million or so to take back to the Philippines with him.
It's not that easy for Juan Manuel Marquez. He remains convinced he won both of his previous two fights with Pacquiao, and he will enter the ring Saturday night as eager for redemption as he is to claim the biggest payday of his long boxing career.
"I hope the judges score what they see, not like the other two fights when they were not impartial," Marquez says.
The judges may not be necessary this time around. Marquez has bulked up for the 144 pounds (65kg) fight so he can bring more power into the ring and Pacquiao - who knocked Marquez down four times in their two fights - is a far more potent puncher than the last time they met three years ago.
Add in the fact these two fighters throw punches almost nonstop, and there's potential for an early ending.
"I'm not thinking about the knockout," Pacquiao said. "If the knockout comes, that's just the bonus for your sacrifices in training."
Pacquiao returns to the ring for the first time since he beat Shane Mosley in May, fighting a familiar foe in a bout that will earn him yet another big payday. He and Marquez have already gone 24 rounds with each other, rounds so close that ringside judges had trouble figuring out which fighter won.
But the first fight seven years ago was at 125 pounds (56kg). The second four years later was at 130 pounds (59kg).
This one will be for a piece of the welterweight title, though it will be at a catch weight of 144 pounds. It's a weight Pacquiao has proven comfortable with over the last few years, but Marquez had no success the only time he got past 140 pounds in a lopsided loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
That's the big reason Pacquiao is a 7-1 favorite in a pay-per-view fight that doesn't figure to lack for action.
"At 144 pounds it's going to be different," Pacquiao said. "I've improved my boxing and my power. Everything is going to be different."
Pacquiao weighed in at 143 pounds Friday, while Marquez was 142 - the same weight he fought at against Mayweather.
Pacquiao - who last lost in 2005 at 130 pounds - risks a 14-fight winning streak against Marquez, a Mexican who has held titles in three different weight classes. Once again he will carry the weight of the Philippines into the ring, and once again he will be fighting someone other than Mayweather.
That's hardly Pacquiao's fault, though, since Mayweather doesn't seem serious about fighting him. So he has to make do with other contenders, and Marquez has better credentials than any of Pacquiao's opponents since he made a name for himself by sending Oscar De La Hoya into retirement in 2008.
In their first two fights, Marquez used his superb counterpunching skills to keep Pacquiao off balance. Though he went down - three times in the first round of the first fight - Marquez was more than competitive in two fights that could have gone either way.
That the first fight was scored a draw and the second a split decision for Pacquiao still gnaws at Marquez, who wore a T-shirt proclaiming he was robbed in both fights when the two boxers were in the Philippines promoting the bout.
That touched a nerve in Pacquiao, though he said this week that there is nothing personal between them.
"He went to the Philippines wearing a T-shirt saying `I beat Manny Pacquiao twice,"' Pacquiao said. "I'm not angry. That's his freedom to do that."
Still, trainer Freddie Roach said there was an added urgency to Pacquiao's training camp for this fight. The jokes and clowning around from previous camps were gone, with Pacquiao training in quiet determination. Roach says Pacquiao wants to settle the issue once and for all.
"I think it was a slap in the face to Manny," Roach said. "They were both good, close fights, but there were no robberies there."
Pacquiao said he has learned since his last fight with Marquez how to fight a counterpuncher. He's also improved greatly with his right hand, which at lighter weights he never seemed to be able to land with much power. And he says he's taken the lessons learned in his first two fights with Marquez to heart.
"The last two fights helped me a lot," Pacquiao said. "I learned a lot, especially fighting a counterpuncher, a boxer. I'm more experienced now and I'm a much better fighter, too."
Marquez turned to a new strength and conditioning coach to add weight and power for his move up from 135 pounds, though that hasn't been without controversy. The coach, Angel Heredia, was a government informant during the BALCO investigation. He and Marquez both say he has taken nothing but legal supplements to prepare for the fight.
Still, some in boxing are shocked at the new physique of Marquez, while others are shocked that he tried to gain so much weight rather than using his speed and counterpunching ability to fight Pacquiao this time around.
"He's bigger, bulked-up and slower," Roach said. "When Manny puts him down this time I don't think he's going to be able to get up from the waythis Manny Pacquiao punches."
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14/12/2011 5:57:01 a.m.
jmm made pacman eye f up and marquez was just red fro face i think jmm won that fight to me
2/12/2011 12:52:22 a.m.
hoy marquez if you win in that fight why your face has alot of black eye and why you did not knock out Manny to prove you win .Manny say before to any opponent knock me out and you win exactly.
28/11/2011 2:56:48 a.m.
if marquez he wants to be a champion then why d champion is only attacking him. Marquez is only counter and counter until d end of d game. Bcoz he is afraid to lay dwn w/out pillow?he is always saying that he win this fight but how it can be to win his fight if d champion is doing well. If marquez win he deserve but manny is win he deserve it and it was a close fight and ofcourse he is defending. And people if we say manny's have a fight they're expecting knockdown.thats we accept the truth that nobodys petfect
22/11/2011 3:23:23 p.m.
@Jose Rizal:First and for most you are not a Filipino, stop lying to yourself. secondly, you're mad because Manny won. If he was not effective in this fight, then why is it that Marquez face looks like he was chased down by gang of thugs? Yes the fight was not Manny best, but clearly he won hands down. You of all people need to know that if the fighter is having some personal emtional issues, it will effect how he performs. Manny's wife always with him from day in when he's here in the states. She came to the fight last minute prep. TO ALL JMM FAN AND MAYWEATHER'S YOU ALL NEED TO TAKE SHOWER, CUZ SOMETHING IS SMELLING PRETTY FOULED IN HERE!!!!
19/11/2011 5:27:09 p.m.
If Marquez landed more shots and Pacquiao missed all the punches he threw, then why does Marquez look so beat up?
17/11/2011 7:08:32 p.m.
clearly obvious that marquez stuck to his game plan of outsmarting and boxing pacman through out the whole fight he landed the most clean and affective punches to the head and body through out , where pacman was throwing alot of punches with nothing landing clean.clearly politics and money determine fights now.was exactly replay of there second fight minus the knockdown hence MARQUEZ winning the fight by two points.simple boxing hit ur opponent and dont get hit back.MARQUEZ dictated the fight from start to finish.
16/11/2011 9:46:57 a.m.
the better man won. jmm is ok despite his foot stomping cheating ways
16/11/2011 12:01:58 a.m.
they call themselves Filipino and fans. The fight was won by Pacquiao clearly. The replay is very clear on this.
15/11/2011 5:18:46 p.m.
eric shawn wrote:
I'm a pac man fan but think that marquez won this fight. why do they cheat and give manny the win? whats in it for them?
15/11/2011 3:25:16 p.m.
Guy.. please review the match.. pac man did a better job than marquez of course.. it's fair.
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